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Floods help Thai army clean up reputation focus 11/21/2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Floods help Thai army clean up reputation


BANGKOK — While Thailand’s government has come under fire for its handling of the floods crisis, the military’s relief efforts have restored its own reputation, analysts say — and boosted its political clout.

The army has plunged huge resources into helping Thais cope with the kingdom’s worst floods in decades: 55,000 soldiers on the ground, 5,000 vehicles clearing paths through flooded roads and 3,000 boats.
In doing so, they quietly repaired an image battered by a crackdown on political protests in Bangkok last year that ended in bloodshed.

Army chief Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha has even laid on the conciliatory language in recent weeks in what — after years of sometimes violent political struggles — remains a deeply divided country..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20111121com3.html

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

napakarami kasing na.zombie ng kanluranin eh. pag kita sila, sige giyera; pag kikita sila, sige, ok lang ang pananapak sa karapatang pantao, sa pagpatay ng estado. isa pa, hindi na kasi kayo natuto sa nangyari sa "people power" ng pilipinas eh--na hijack.

"Now, he says, this very ammunition is used to empower the government by killing civilians and suppressing the revolution.

"“I don’t know what can be the excuse for giving the armed forces and the security this type of ammunition. That’s why we have thousands of injured,” he said. “They don’t care about the injured. They’ve just stormed a hospital a while ago with tear gas and everything in an attempt to retake the square. The whole world had probably seen on television how they were setting property on fire – vehicles, motorbikes and shops, like they did last night – in order to [blame] us and the revolution that we are the ones doing the sabotage.”"

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